NYLON – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking landowners who are willing to help ongoing research into the drastic statewide decline in turkey populations.
According to a press release from Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, from January to March 2016 the DEC will start capturing wild turkey hens and fit them with leg bands to obtain accurate data on survival and harvest. A small number of these birds will also be tagged with satellite radio-transmitters.
“DEC and its partners have worked hard over the past three years to better understand why wild turkey populations have changed dramatically in New York,” said Seggos. “This project will provide valuable information on turkey survival and harvest and will help evaluate the changes to fall hunting seasons implemented in 2016. I encourage landowners that have wild turkey on their property this winter to consider participating in this study.”
This is the fourth year of a research project on wild turkeys which could provide current estimates of harvest and survival rates for female wild turkeys, or hens. All of the work will be done by DEC personnel on both public and private lands from January through March. The research will be concentrated in DEC Regions 3 through 9.
Seggos said that studies have shown that wild turkey populations over the past 15 years have declined in many parts of New York State. In an effort to better understand the factors influencing population changes and how these changes affect turkey management, DEC is beginning the final year of a four-year study. This project is designed to help
DEC is looking for landowners in DEC Regions 3 through 9 interested in allowing birds to be trapped on their land, as well as alerting project coordinators when they see turkeys on their property on a regular basis. Once turkeys are trapped and banded, they will immediately be released at the same location. Not all locations are suitable for deploying capture equipment, so landowners should contact their regional project coordinator to discuss the suitability of their property. Observations of turkey flocks during January through March can be reported to the project coordinator for that region or can be reported using the Winter Flock Survey form found on DEC’s website here.
For more information on this project, contact the regional project coordinator below or DEC by e-mail at email@example.com. “Turkey Study” should be listed as the subject line in any e-mails.
Interested landowners should contact the project coordinator for their region listed below: